Milwaukee Bucks NBA Draft Prospect Watch: Jared Butler

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Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Draft, Jared Butler
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Baylor sophomore guard Jared Butler stands as a poised combo guard with plenty of shooting range. Could he be a sleeper option for the Milwaukee Bucks in this NBA draft?

Even while he’s getting ready to take the next steps in his career by entering the 2020 NBA Draft, it’s easy for Jared Butler to wonder what could have been.

The sophomore Baylor guard was the primary focal point and leading scorer for a Bears team that had a 26-4 record and was one of the top teams in the country this college basketball season.

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Of course, Butler and Baylor’s dream season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic and suddenly, there was no resolution or the chance to vie for an NCAA title.

As Butler told HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky, the ability to set the foundation toward starting his NBA career has been a way for him to move beyond the swift way his time at Baylor unceremoniously ended:

"“To be honest, I try not to think about it. The only time I think about it is when people bring it up. It’s a tough pill to swallow. The players we had at Baylor were a phenomenal group of guys and I really enjoyed playing with them. For me, I have to look at what’s coming in my life and only try to control what I can control. I think a lot of times we get anxiety and worry about the things we can’t control. If it’s raining outside, I can’t be mad about it, because I can’t control that. I look at this process with the NBA as a great way to get my mind off of how the season ended.”"

In his 30 appearances with the Bears this season, Butler averaged 16 points on .421/.381/.775 shooting splits, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals across 30.4 minutes per contest.

So without further ado, let’s dive deep into Jared Butler’s game by examining his strengths and weaknesses, see where draft experts currently rate him and examine his potential fit with the Milwaukee Bucks.